[This blog post comes from a Dept. of Cultural Resources press release – you can find other news related to NC Cultural Resources here.]
RALEIGH, N.C. – The State Library of North Carolina and State Archives are celebrating the ways they help preserve information whether created physically or digitally. It’s part of National Preservation Week, April 26 – May 2, which highlights the role libraries, archives and other cultural institutions play in preserving our information. A week of activities await you.
A social media campaign, daily preservation trivia question, exhibits and other activities are available. Discover activities from the State Archives here and from the State Library here. The State Archives and State Library are located at 109 E. Jones St., where they will offer Preservation Week programs on site:
Preservation Exhibit at the State Archives of North Carolina
The State Archives preserves historically significant materials by preventing or slowing their deterioration and saving key information. The recently conserved 1864 payroll of Company G, 38th NC Infantry, Confederate States of America, will be displayed in the State Archives Search Room. The exhibit highlights the extensive conservation to the payroll and also preservation techniques used for paper based materials. The State Archives is open Tuesday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Saturday 9:00 a.m.-2 p.m.
Government and Heritage Library’s Museum of Obsolete Media
Digital and analog media deteriorate too. They become so out of date, or obsolete, that modern computers can’t access or display their information. Visit the library’s display of obsolete media including floppy disks, ZIP drives, 8 track tapes and other out of date hardware. The exhibit will be in the Government and History Research Room on the first floor of the Government and Heritage Library. It is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
April 30 – Webinar: Digital Preservation for Individuals and Small Groups Sponsored by Gaylord
The Government and Heritage Library and State Archives will host a viewing of an online webinar led by the Library of Congress’s Mike Ashenfelder. Join the staff viewing in room 208, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Webinar Description: The greatest threat to preserving digital files is obsolescence as files on older media become unusable. This webinar will help you understand what it takes to preserve commonly used digital files such as photographs, recordings, videos and documents. Learn some simple, practical tips and tools to help you master this digital challenge and preserve your digital materials. Find more information here.
Follow the State Library on Facebook, Twitter and blogs for preservation focused posts and the daily preservation trivia question. Find the Government and Heritage Library at http://ghlblog.org, https://facebook.com/ncghl and on Twitter: @ncpedia and @digpress411.
Find the State Archives History for All the People blog at https://ncarchives.wordpress.com, and at https://www.facebook.com/pages/State-Archives-of-North-Carolina/119904548027450?fref=ts and on Twitter @NCArchives and @WebArchivist.
For additional information please call (919) 807-7454. The State Library of North Carolina and the State Archives are within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.
Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for people who are blind or have physical disabilities.
NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.